The Desire to Fit In is the Root of Almost All Wrongdoing

by Christopher Freiman Sssistant professor of philosophy, College of William & Mary

Imagine that one morning you discover a ring that grants you magic powers. With this ring on your finger, you can seize the presidency, rob Fort Knox and instantly become the most famous person on the planet. So, would you do it? Readers of Plato’s Republic will find this thought experiment ... Read & React

Pay for Success: Separating Fact From Fear

by Justin Milner

In an era of tight budgets, finding innovative ways to fund social programs and improve the lives of Americans has become more important than ever. One strategy that has gained prominence in recent years is “pay for success.” Also known as social impact bonds, pay for success aims to align ... Read & React

To Take Control of Your Email Inbox, Think About It Like Your IRL Mailbox

by Jocelyn K. Glei

Like it or not, email breeds a curiously strong sense of obligation. The more unread messages we have in our inboxes, the more guilty we feel. The more time that passes before we can reply to a message, the more we apologize.  Even if it takes forever to get to it, we still can’t shake the feeling ... Read & React

Can a New Work Design Help the Government?

In his recent article “Can Self-Managed Teams Work in Government?” John Kamensky of the IBM Center for the Business of Government addressed the tough challenge of improving employee engagement as measured by the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Examining the potential of self-managed teams in ... Read & React

How Bad People Rise to the Top

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

If I had a list of Top 10 topics that people like to talk about in life, this one would undoubtedly be on it: How is it that jerks always seem to get ahead while nice guys finish last? In his book of the same name, Harold Kushner asked a similar question: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?  ... Read & React

The Algorithms That Tell Bosses How Employees Are Feeling

Every day, humans type out more than 200 billion emails, hundreds of millions of tweets, and innumerable texts, chats, and private messages. No one person could pick through even a tiny sliver of this information and stitch together themes and trends—but computers are starting to be able to. For ... Read & React

In Cold Offices, It's All About Your Feet

When a tech company recently came to Stefano Schiavon at the University of California, Berkeley to test an air-conditioning system for its office, his mind went to flip-flops. The new system would blast cool air from the floor rather than the ceiling, and this being the Bay Area, and this being a ... Read & React

How May I Help You?

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

This summer I mailed a bicycle to a vacation hotel.  Instead of the bike, I received a note from the postman saying it was too big for the delivery truck and I would need to pick it up at the local post office. But which one? There were three in the local Zip Code. Calls to each referred me to a ... Read & React

Nod More, and Other Absurd Yet Useful Meeting Tips From a Former Google Manager

by Sarah Todd

Meetings! There are so many in this world, and far too few people who bring fancy doughnuts to them. But in the absence of a tasty snack, writer and comedian Sarah Cooper may be able to help you survive your next confusing PowerPoint presentation. Cooper, who sat through her fair share of meetings ... Read & React

A Case Study in How Men Interrupt Women in Professional Situations

There is a unwritten rule in presidential debates—and general conversation—that people should not interrupt each other. All too often in professional situations, men interrupt women. The first US presidential debate in history to feature a woman a candidate has proven to be a textbook example of ... Read & React

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